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Orphaned Elephant Struggled To Make Friends Until He Met A Playful Labrador

This is the story of the unusual yet heartwarming friendship between Bubbles, a rescued orphan elephant and Bella the labrador.

Bubbles isn’t like your usual elephant, she loves playing catch with labrador her best friend, who is only about as tall as her knee.

Even when Bubbles dives into a large pool of water, Bella finds a way to get the ball by climbing on the giants back.

Bubbles lives at the Myrtle Beach Safari. She was flown in from Africa from she was a child after her parents were killed for their tusks.

Bubbles, a 32 year old African elephant, plays in the river with his best friend Bella a 3 year old labrador. They both live together at Myrtle Beach Safari, South Carolina, USA. Picture by Barry Bland 21/6/2013

Bella leaps of her playmates back to catch the ball and then swims off leaving the elephant in hot pursuit of her.

‘They just love to romp around together.’

The animals at the Myrtle Beach Safari are part of a wildlife conservation effort called The Rare Species Fund in Southern California.

Bubbles now weighs around 4 tons and is over 9ft tall, when she was taken in, she weighed around 150kg and was only 3.5 ft tall.
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Bubbles was among a couple of orphaned animals that were flown to the US to be rescued from the lack of housing and care in Africa at the time.

Bubbles has certainly turned her life around after finding fame in films such as Ace Venture, Malaika and even appearing in a Janet Jackson music video.


Written by Joe Kahlo

After years of writing in the financial industry, Joe was finally able to focus his writing on what he loves, Animals!